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A local council is set to roll out new car park technology, in a bid to curb congestion during the busy Christmas holidays.

The trial, set to start in December, will introduce variable message sign (VMS) boards at key entry points to Noosa Heads.

Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart said the boards would provide motorists with useful real-time parking information, including the number of spaces available in key car parks, enabling them to make informed decisions about entering the precinct.

“Our primary objective with this trial is to encourage residents and visitors to consider making use of the free holiday buses, and the park-and-ride loop bus service, rather than drive into our busiest precincts and queue for extended periods looking for elusive parking spaces,” she said.

The free Go Noosa 065 electric loop bus that operates every 15 minutes between 7am and 7pm, then every 30 minutes from 7pm to 10pm, will provide transportation to the beach, shops and restaurants in the busy Noosa Heads precinct. It departs from the AFL ground on Weyba Road.

Related story: Parking tech roll-out in tourist hotspot draws criticism

Following an extensive evaluation process, SenSen Networks Ltd, a leader in carpark technology, has been selected to spearhead the initiative.

Noosa is heading into the busy summer tourist period. Picture: Shutterstock

Infrastructure services director Shaun Walsh was excited about the new partnership.

“This collaboration with SenSen Networks Ltd promises not only to make parking more convenient but to leverage the latest technology for the betterment of our community,” he said.

“Additionally, the carpark technology trial will significantly enhance council’s ability to make informed decisions about traffic management and local law enforcement in the busy Noosa Heads precinct.”

For more information about the carpark technology trial, the park-and-ride service, and other Noosa Shire Council initiatives visit Noosa Council.

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